Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are revealing some of the hardest parts of stepping down as senior members of the royal family.
Shortly after it was announced that Harry and Meghan may no longer be allowed to use the term "royal" for their website and charitable ventures, an update on their transition was posted to their website Sussexroyal.com.
On Friday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex released a statement with new details on their future plans—including closing their offices at Buckingham Palace and having to part ways with their royal staff.
“Based on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s desire to have a reduced role as members of The Royal Family, it was decided in January that their Institutional Office would have to be closed, given the primary funding mechanism for this official office at Buckingham Palace is from HRH The Prince of Wales,” part of the statement reads. “The Duke and Duchess shared this news with their team personally in January once they knew of the decision, and have worked closely with their staff to ensure a smooth transition for each of them.”
They go on to express that the process has been difficult for the couple and their employees alike.
“Over the last month and a half, The Duke and Duchess have remained actively involved in this process, which has understandably been saddening for The Duke and Duchess and their loyal staff, given the closeness of Their Royal Highnesses and their dedicated team.”
Both Harry and Meghan have been open about their close relationships with their staff members, including Amy Pickerell, who has been one of the couple's assistants for years, and Natalie Campbell, one of their top aides, who has already found a new job.
A royally sad day indeed!